Focusing on the history of the Arima Mission in the Island of Trinidad, ostensibly a mission for Indigenous people, this documentary features what is learned from the baptismal registers of the Mission of Santa Rosa de Arima--in conjunction with historical texts, government documents, and official memoranda and reports of the time. What we encounter are four main "myths," or working fictions: 1) the myth that the Mission was for Indians alone; 2) the myth of "Christian protection"; 3) the myth of assimilation; and, 4) the myth of extinction. The film, and the book on which it is based, argues that a proper understanding of the history of the rise and demise of the Mission has to be in relation to the slave plantation economy. Broadly speaking, we are dealing with story at the intersection of land, labour, and power under conditions of oligarchic domination and the creation of poverty out of plenty.
The film was written, narrated and edited by Dr. Maximilian C. Forte. It was released on February 3, 2020, from Montreal, Quebec.
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Some of the music used in the film includes:
Cylinder Two by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Kumasi Groove by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)